Wind Farms and Broken Promises: Donald Trump’s Tortured History With Scotland – The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/donald-trump-scotland-golf/421065/
Doing a bit of research on the Trumpster after watching “trumped”, a documentary about his wanting to build a golf course in Scotland. You could have used his presidential campaign to replace how he acted in the documentary without skipping a beat. Same words. Same comments. Same whining temperament. Quite frightening

4 Pro-Gun Arguments We’re Sick of Hearing | Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/4-pro-gun-arguments-were-sick-of-hearing-20151001

This may be overdone. Not sure. But these get most of y the pub it seems.
I would like to point out, sure it’s nit picky, but words matter. 2nd amendment says, …a well regulated militia. Somehow, regulated, seems to be forgotten. Though to their creative credit, NRA would probably define, …well regulated… as having a militia that follows orders. Words matter.

If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard | WIRED

http://www.wired.com/2016/01/govs-plan-keep-super-bowl-safe-massive-surveillance/
The idea is not surprising. The scope of it had become truly scary. The collection of data in order to ferret out criminals is heinous. I can only think that at some point they’ll want to use it in a way that involves the weak and innocent.

Saguaro vandalism in Tucson

Saguaros biding their time

Try as I might, these destructive activities just make no sense to me. Why?

I grew up in Tucson, 1975 – 2007. It was a place I fell in Love with, Love st first sight as it were! I became who I am, there. A huge part of that was hiking and camping, living out of the back of my old International Harvester in the foothills. Waking to doves cooing.

There are two Saguaro National Monuments in Tucson. One in the east in the
Rincon mountains. The other in the west, over the other side of the Tucson Mountains.

Though this is terrible, you can look out over the bajada and see the Saguaros on the march in the desert. We may see this as permanent, but their march through the desert attest to their patience. They have Time. All we can do it seems is fight time.

It’s a place I’ll always miss and crawl into when the world gets a bit out of kilter.

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Mississippi Gun-Store Owner and Son Die in Shootout with Customers – NBC News

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mississippi-gun-store-owner-son-die-shootout-customers-n503601

Besides the thought that dead and wounded people are a fair price for a 25$ dispute, (really) unfortunately we may now have the opportunity to see more folks shot as the country is brainwashed into thinking more guns equals more safety and so moves towards greater gun ownership along with concealed carry. And we still require NO PROOF a gun owner has the slightest idea how to shoot a bullseye much less a human.

Stupid is as Stupid does.
Forrest Gump

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Those Bundy Ranchers Are Big Time Government Moochers – POLITICO Magazine

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/bundhy-protest-ranchers-actually-government-moochers-213510?o=1
Here’s a pretty succinct summation of property rights and public lands.
Fundamental to understanding these “independent ranchers” is the long term and hugely generous grazing and water rights and subsidies which make it possible for them to scratch a living on land that is marginal for grazing.

An excerpt from the article:

“Then as now, Western states continue to benefit from Washington’s ownership and management of federal lands. Without incurring the costs of conservation, reclamation and upkeep or the financial and legal liabilities associated with ownership, the states keep about 50 percent of revenue from mineral and timber extraction on federal acreage. The federal government also awards local governments grants to offset lost opportunities to levy property taxes on public land. Those are generous terms”.